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MSBA Sample Resolution for Adopting a Base Learning Model for 2020-21 School Year

Boards wanting a resolution to adopt a base learning model for the upcoming school year can simply download MSBA's resolution by clicking here.

Minnesota Department of Education Safe Learning Plan

Governor Tim Walz on July 30 issued Emergency Executive Order 20-82, which sets guidance for schools during the COVID-19 pandemic in the Safe Learning Plan for 2020-2021. Reopening options will be partly triggered by county virus infection rates.

MSBA-MASA COVID-19 Face Covering Policy Available

The Minnesota Department of Education’s Safe Learning Plan (July 2020) states that a masking policy is required for in-person and hybrid learning for the 2020-2021 school year. MDE clarified that compliance with Executive Order 20-81 is required and that adoption of a formal school district policy is optional. School districts are not required to adopt a new policy, though they may do so if they choose.

The MSBA-MASA model policy echoes the Executive Order's requirements for employees, students, and other persons (including visitors, guests, contractors, etc.) present on school property to wear face coverings in classrooms, preschool, child care settings and other indoor areas, as well as outdoor areas where a physical distance of 6 feet cannot be maintained between persons, in order to minimize exposure to COVID-19.

MSBA Fall 2020 School Reopening Guidance

The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose significant challenges for Minnesota’s school districts and charter schools as they serve their students, families, and communities. The Minnesota School Boards Association developed its Fall 2020 School Reopening Guidance to support school boards as they seek to meet these challenges. This guidance supplements the resources that the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and other federal, state, and local agencies and nongovernmental organizations have created. MSBA acknowledges and incorporates the work of these organizations and state school board associations across the nation. Access the Fall 2020 School Reopening Guide. (July 7, 2020)

Visit the MSBA COVID-19 webpage or the Minnesota Department of Education website for additional resources.